A college administrator from Houston, Texas, has been selected as the new president of Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.
Clover Park’s five-member Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to offer the position to Dr. Lonnie L. Howard. He will be Clover Park’s fourth president since it became a college in 1991, and the first African American in the post.
Howard has spent his entire academic career in Texas, where he currently works as executive director of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Houston. He started with an associates degree in welding technology and went on to earn advanced degrees and work as an academic researcher, educational consultant and college administrator.
Clover Park conducted an eight-month search to replace President John Walstrum, who will retire in September after seven years in the top job.
Howard has accepted the offer and a contract, and a start date and transition plans are being finalized, said Clover Park officials. The contract has not been signed, and Howard’s salary was not available Thursday, said school spokeswoman Tawny Dotson.
“I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for having the confidence in my ability to lead Clover Park Technical College,” Howard said in a statement. “I’m delighted to become a part of this wonderful team.”
He will administer both the main campus in Lakewood and the satellite campus at South Hill. Together, the campuses have 5,248 full-time equivalent students and a total of 9,483.